queens94martin_sampras

queens94martin_sampras

Points won by each set: [ 48-41, 39-35 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
46 % Martin – 36 of 77
53 % Sampras – 46 of 86

An all-serve battle between two Americans. Martin [9] had two break points in the 2nd game of the match, Sampras [1] a break point in the following game, and from 2:1 in the opener to the end of the match they were both holding their serves without any troubles… Martin was playing tennis of his life in 1994, and that victory over Sampras may be considered as his best grass-court performance. The entire route to the title is impressive in retrospect because in his first two rounds he’d beaten Henman [161] & Rusedski [50], who soon became the elite players. “It’s a bit frustrating when you lose the match without losing your serve,” Sampras said. “When it is down to a tiebreaker in grass-court tennis, it’s basically roll the dice. Today, I just didn’t get the breaks and you just have to give him credit.” There’s similarity between their H2H and the one between Djokovic & Berdych – in both cases an inferior player won on grass one of their initial meetings (Martin 4th, Berdych 3rd), but was totally owned in the end…

Martin’s route to his 3rd title:
2 Tim Henman 6-4, 6-4
3 Greg Rusedski 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Q Stefan Edberg 6-3, 6-4
S Christo van Rensburg 6-1, 6-4
W Pete Sampras 7-6(4), 7-6(4)

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